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Values and Education

March 31, 2010

University of Botswana

Part of the University of Botswana campus.

My recent visit to the University of Botswana (UB) confirmed my belief that valuing such qualities as service, integrity, and social responsibility is not exclusively the purview of any one group or country. UB is a forward-looking research university located Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone. Although UB officially opened in 1982, its roots can be traced to almost forty years earlier “when the Catholic hierarchy in Southern Africa desired to create an institution of higher learning for Africans” (see UB historic notes). From very modest beginnings, UB has emerged as a complex educational enterprise which now grants baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees to a population of almost 15,000 students.

While UB is no longer a Catholic institution, this government-supported university remains steeped in values that reflect those we hold dear at Saint Joseph College.

Meeting with University of Botswana faculty.

Their catalog cites the qualities of academic integrity, equity of opportunity, social responsibility, and a welcoming attitude towards students from diverse backgrounds. In my brief time on the UB campus I found the administrators and faculty to be warm and gracious; these impressive scholars took the time to share with me their knowledge, views, and aspirations.

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